Yes this is real!! and I love it! Last year ya’ll may remember me mentioning that I would do a post on my homemade laundry detergent. Well I didn’t get around to it then, I have one for you now. To make this awesome money-saving cleaner you’ll need:
1 4lbs. box of borax $3.38
1 4lbs box of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda $2.18
1 box of Arm & Hammer Laundry Soap $5.47
1 box of Oxyclean $7.52
1 bottle of Purex Scent Beads (optional) $4.76
2 bars of Zote Laundry Soap $
*Side note: I do not have photos of the Zote Bars because they took me forever to find again. I’m having to possible order them online. I do know they have worked though because I have already used this for a year. I will get a price when I finally find them again.
Mix all the ingredients together. Grate the Zoot bars, with an old cheese grater, into mixture. You can also use a grater that you only use for this purpose. I like to mix it in the container I use to store it because this cuts down on mess. But if you have a different sized container or prefer a different method please do so. Now, I got this idea from a wonderful blog called Being Creative to Keep my Sanity. I give all credit to her. now I used a few things differently and I was able to get a longer use out of my soap, but that is because I have just me and the Hubby and she has kiddos. Still a great blog to go check out if you have time.
Altogether it cost me about $25 for laundry detergent but, it has lasted me almost a year. I believe this is incredible!! and such a saver. Please try this out and tell me how much you loved it!
Talk to ya’ll later!
Update:So Darling Hubby found some Zote soap for me and he found it already grated! How awesome is that! They are about the same as a bar of the soap. So if you decided to use the pregrated vs the bar it’s two boxes for two bars.
This year has been full of it’s ups and downs like any other. And this still new blog has had it’s share. Care to review?
I welcomed you to join me in my adventure of writing a blog. Which as we’ve seen has been a mix of bad writing and okay. I am defiantly not the greatest. I’ve learned I need more pictures and more planning for the blog. We also explored how to remove wallpaper, that method really worked!! and how to grow garlic, which was not a very successful, my garlic did not have any results, but i have been researching this more and will get an update soon. I completed my menu board, which has been so helpful! I love using it, and have been adding more recipes to my collection.
We started February with a baby blanket that i made for a close friend of mine. I’ve got another one coming up for 2014 also. Then we had the SUPER BOWL!!! Which was pretty awesome, and there were many laughs. Then we had some food posts, that looking back make me pretty hungry. More posts regarding food, and how to brig home your food conveniently. Then I started a series for Thank You Note Day, which i have to say turned out pretty amazing. Definitely my first great accomplishment on this blog.
We continued with the thanks and giving in March. And I couldn’t help but self promote m Etsy shop Hannah’s Catchall Cottage, quite a bit in this month.
This month started spicy!! Homemade salsa was the highlight. Followed by an evening in with the girls. and Earth Day!
I tempted you with ideas, and have yet to bring any of them to life on here. But soon… I hope…
Was very small as far as the blog went, I only posted once. of corse it was about my favorite subject. FOOD!
Always one of my favorite months, with our anniversary. It was filled with surprises and new features. I introduced the Book of the Moment feature which I have loved. and has been a very nice outlet for my love of reading. Sadly i did not reach my Goodreads book challenge goal, but hopefully next year. I shared my joy of music. Then my amazing Anniversary week!!!!! I love anniversary week, with the gifts I gave and the ones I received! It was truly amazing! As the month was ending i was gearing up for some interesting events in August….
I had a booth at my first real craft fair. It was a great learning experience, and i took much away from it. I shared some tips i had picked up fro the Internet, Etsy teams, and experience at smaller fairs. More great books, and the start of football season. Sadly i lost in my Fantasy league but, i did get second place! then i set my goals for my new “year” still working on a few but, so far so good.
I wanted to start what would have been an awesome series, but as you read later on we moved again and plans changed.
*cricket* *cricket* uhhh… well…. yeah.
Was filled with a quick hello!
We started the month with a bit yummy breakfast, a great way to start the day too. And a lovely wedding gift idea.
Now here we are at the end of the year, with so many memories behind us, and so many plans ahead. I have more Books to be reviewed, and crocheted items to show. There may or may not be a giveaway in the works for the blogs 1 year anniversary in January. Along with a food series that i have been working on for some time. Also i have noticed that i tend to dwell on the negative, even though i know there is so much good in my life! so i will try to do a post once a week with some of my favorite things, whether that is something that made me smile or a Pinterest pin, or a post from Tumblr, or just a passing happy thought. I may put a limit of 10-15, haven’t figured out all the logistics on that one yet but, the first one will be up end of this week. Crazy to think only 1 more day of 2013 and then we bring on the New Year.
See ya’ll then!
Well I had mentioned before I wanted to get us more organized. I’m tired of coming home and there being junk everywhere. Every surface covered with stuff that doesn’t belong there. And general messiness.
I have complied a list, of rooms in the order I want to tackle them. Then have assigned myself a time line for each. Now overall I’m guessing it will probably take a year, since I want to tackle the whole house every nook and cranny.
1. Closet/Clothes – month and a half
2. Bathroom – month
3. Pantry – month and a half
4. Laundry – two weeks
5. “Office” – month and a half
6. Crafts – two weeks
7. Living Room – month
8. Q (our dog and his things) – two weeks
9. Bedroom – two months
10. Jewelry – two weeks
11. Storage room – month
Now some of these will probably combine actual rooms and some are just a category of items. But I figured it would be a good order for me and I could spread them out.
The time frames are just estimates too. Some may take longer depending on what I will need and our budget.
Will keep ya’ll posted!!!
Now I know this sounds a little strange, probably only a handful will understand this. But I like to start my year in September. It comes from a lot of things have always seem to renew them selves in September for me. Starting with school, then fall comes(which is my favorite time of year), I have a tendency of starting jobs in Sept., and my “volunteer” calendar begins again in Sept.
So anyways a lot of things start in September for me so I always use it as my new year. And I decided to set some goals for me this year that are quite extreme for me.
1. Wake up earlier
2. Go to bed earlier
Now these are probably going to be the hardest for me because as of right now DH gets home very late from work because he has wonky hours. But I will figure something out….
3. Eat much better.
4. Actually eat breakfast every morning.
5. Read my daily text everyday.
6. Excerise more often(not once every week).
7. Drink only water. Add occasionally tea and maybe a bit of 21 and over.
8. Keep a better journal. And a carry around journal. Or maybe just combine them?
9. Keep up with the cleaning better.
I have no excuse for this because I don’t “work” like a normal person and have plenty of time to do it.
10. Write more letters to people. Not emails or texts. Letters with pen and paper and a stamp.
Now some of these I edited for myself from a beautiful little list on Tumblr. You can find this list under my Etsy/Shop Tumblr Hannah’s Catchall Cottage. If you look in the archives. Under July 16, 2013.
Please share your goals if you have any. Or maybe just something small you want to accomplish before the calendar year is up!
Yes! I am canning corn, we love corn in this house and it has been on major sales this month. If I could have grown my own corn I wouldve been much happier, but that is almost impossible to do with 3×6 balconey. Which is already half full of plants, that need much less space to grow.
So I resort to store bought, which will still work just as fine.
I start by shucking all the corn,
Its okay if a few silks stay stuck, they will come off when you blanch the corn. This is the next step. Place in boiling water for about 3 minutes,
then transfer to ice cold water!!!
While this is going on you shoukd sanitize your cans/jars. This is also donenin boiling water, BUT you need yo add the jars, lids, rings, and water and boil together, so the glass doesnt break.
After you blanch the corn you need the cut the kernels off. Someone suggested I use a cookie sheet to catch the kernels, its worked pretty well so far.
Cut about 3/4 of the way into the kernel. Then fill the cans you have untill about 1/2 in from the top. fill the can with boiling water.
(Yes there is a ton of water involved!) Cover and set in either pressure cooker, or large pot. I dont remember the rest for pressure cookers, but here is a great site that does!!! www.simplycanning.com i learned a lot from her, she has some really great tips!
To continue with the large pot method as I called it, add cans to the large pot, cover with water, and start to boil keep it boiling for 1 hour and 45 minutes.
After all that work! You will have lovely canned corn! And it is scrumptious!!
First off I apologise for delay in posts.
I have been very busy with anniversay preprations and other life distractions.
For tonight though here is dinner!
Spaghetti with tomato sauce, and lemon basil chicken.
Starting with a base of organic creamy tomato soup and adding in tomato paste and herbs.
Then cooking the pasta, and then chicken. The chicken I laid onnfoil and added garlic and sprinkled lime infused basil, ovet before adding a slice of lemon, and sprinkling with EVOO. Then wrapping and baking for about 20 minutes on 350.
The result delicous yummyness!